Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Level 3)

This apprenticeship is suitable for frontline staff who provide leadership, guidance and direction to others and are instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. They may have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and/or supervise the work of others. Job roles are varied and can be in many different types of the service including residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. The standard is suitable for Lead Adult Care Workers and Lead Personal Assistants who work directly for one individual, usually within their own home.


  • Each apprentice will be allocated a training adviser who will visit them in the workplace on a monthly basis to provide training and support and monitor their progress and the training they are receiving from the employer.
  • The employer will be invited to regular progress reviews.
  • Apprentices will complete the care certificate and level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care as part of the apprenticeship.


  • The end point assessment should only commence once the apprentice has developed all the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the apprenticeship standard.
  • To help determine whether the apprentice is ready for end point assessment a meeting will take place involving the apprentice’s line manager, their training adviser and any other appropriate managers from the employer. Apprentices must have achieved the care certificate, diploma and a level 2 qualification in English and maths before being entered for their final apprenticeship assessment. The apprentice should also undertake a self-assessment and collate testimonies from people they support.

End Point Assessment

  • A multiple choice situational judgement test
  • A 45 minute professional discussion, which will include the self-assessment and testimonies from people they support.
  • The apprentice’s manager should also be present at the professional discussion.
  • The apprentice can be awarded a pass, merit or distinction.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Apprentices must be able to undertake a DBS check. Click here to view our latest apprentice job vacancies.


Course Progression

Possible progression routes include the Lead Practioner in Adult Care apprenticeship, Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship and promotion to more senior roles.


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